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Transitioning into the Not-for-Profit Sector

Transitioning into the Not-for-Profit Sector

Liska Turner

over 1 year ago by Liska Turner

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I often get approached by people looking to make them move into the Not-for-Profit sector and I'm more than happy to have a chat but, today I thought I'd give you my top tips and they are actually universal considerations it doesn't matter which sector you want to move into. In my instance, it's normally people wanting to make a move from commercial into the Not-for-Profit sector.


  • Why? Be really honest why you want to make the move, what is it that you're hoping to get out of it

  • what are you passionate about because if you're going to make a really big career move make sure that you can get completely behind it

  • Be realistic about your expectations and make sure that your expectations are aligned to reality.


So, now you've done your desktop research it's time to get out and do some volunteering. I think this is important because then you get to experience an organisation from a number of different facets.


So, the first one is you can be a mentor, you can be a non-executive director or you can sit as a subject matter expert on an advisory committee of a board. Then you can do some skills based volunteering and most importantly get out and do some grassroots volunteering at a community level and a camp or an event or a local community activity you'll get to feel the purpose behind the organisation that you're interested in.


Probably the last point, that's the most important, is be realistic where you are in your career cycle. If you're in a career right time for you but you know like most things in life planning is important so if it's not this job it might be the next job and then you know where you really want to go and you can make all your decisions in light of that.